Friday, May 13, 2011

My 1st Photo Shoot {Try New Adventures Thursday!}

About a week and a half ago I had the chance to do my first "official" photo shoot with a family. Oh the excitement and the nerves! I looked up everything I could about doing a family photo shoot beforehand and spent some time brainstorming poses/props, etc. I met the family (good friends of ours) at a local lake and we got busy! Here's a little sampling of what I snapped:


I was definitely glad I did some more "formal" whole family shots at the beginning...that was the time when the kids would most consistently look at me.

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I'm still working on editing (now that, my friends, is where most of the work is, it seems!), but I'm happy with the shots I got.

Some lessons learned for next time: 

1) Scout out the location prior to the photoshoot at the same time of day that you plan on shooting. There was a beautiful little chapel by the lake with a lovely wooden door that I planned on utilizing for some pictures, but turns out that between 4-5 pm, that door is in full sunlight! No go.

2) Bring ample (empty!) memory cards. I brought my only card (a 4 GB one) and filled up the entire thing! Almost 400 pictures! I was amazed.

3) Make sure to wear a loooong shirt. As the photographer, you get into all kinds of crazy poses and you want to make sure you stay decent.

4) Don't let your shutter speed slip below 1/60! This accidentally happened with a few photos (I adjusted for exposure without realizing how low I was going) and they were definitely not sharp enough.

This is such a fun learning process for me. I'm definitely still figuring out the ropes of my camera, photoshop elements, and working on developing my editing style. But this family was a joy to learn on, and I hope they really love their pictures. :)

Now to finished editing them...!

What adventurous things have you been up to this week? Link up your post about it below, link back to Alicia's Homemaking, and visit around, leaving cheerful comments on other people's posts! Our twitter hashtag is #TryNewAdventures. :D

P.S. I have to throw this in because today is a special day--it marks 4 years of marriage to my wonderful sweet husband! I love my Andrew and am glad every day that I married him. :)


  1. Wow you did an awesome job! Seriously I would never guess this was your first time. Absolutely beautiful pictures :)

  2. Those look really great Alicia!

    My stepdad is a professional photographer and he says the editing is always what takes longest. So, hopefully you'll get the hang of it and it will speed things up!

  3. Great photos, especially the first 2! I never would have guessed this was your first shoot if it were't a Try New Adventures post. :) Not going below 1/60 is definitely key if you aren't using a tripod.

  4. Beautiful photos! We did our first official photo shoot for an engaged couple last weekend, and I definitely agree with the things you learned. I had several photos that were below 1/60 that didn't turn out. It's hard to see the blur on that tiny screen, too!

  5. The photos look great! GL with the editing. Happy anniversary to you and Andrew!! Any celebration plans? Hope you are feeling better today.

  6. Great tips too!!

  7. AWESOME!! The photos are amazing and what an experience. You're so brave and gifted. I love this link up...all blogs are so great and inspiring. :)

  8. My daughter said a big "YES!" on #3. She went through everything you mentioned when she first started her business. Yes, the time spending on editing is where the pay become justified. LOL! You did a great job! Keep it up! This could for sure be a nice income supplement for your family.

  9. I love your photography blogs. :) They inspire me to get with the program. My hubby does the whole manual photography, but I'm so afraid of missing a moment I won't get off the auto settings. I do my editing in Light Room so I can clean them up ... but I really need to use our camera to capture what I'm looking for and develop my style. Thanks for posting! :)

  10. Those are amazing! You are doing a great job!

  11. Wow Alicia way to go. I don't have much to say that others haven't already said except I cant believe how recently you started shooting with the DSLR! What an exciting adventure.

  12. I lost my comments from yesterday. It looks like you did too. So I'll say it again: Fabulous photos, Alicia!

  13. Oh dear, it seems that EVERYONE'S comments from yesterday are lost! Maybe they'll come back? At least the post came back....
    Thanks Julia!

  14. Oh I am really impressed. You did an awesome job and the photos turned out just beautiful.

  15. That was so bizarre that blogger was down. Did they explain what happened?

    Happy anniversary again! =)

    Oh and about the commenting...I woke up early and the kids and hubby woke up late, giving me some time to myself...with my blogging friends. =p The kids are knocked out from major allergies so they are just tired this whole week. Loved stopping by everyone's adventures. I "met" your friend Jodi who happens to now live 20 minutes away from me.

  16. Joyce, that's the coolest thing. I'm envious that she lives so close to YOU and that you live so close to HER! It would be so much fun to meet you in person one day!!

    Oh, and Blogger never explained what happened...they went down for scheduled maintenance and apparently it turned into so much more. A pain. I was glad I wasn't in middle of writing a post or something. The down side to having a free host...


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